LibriVox recording of The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph, by Henry M. Field.
Read by Alex C. Telander.
Cyrus W. Field had a dream: to link the Old World of Britain and Europe to that of the New World of North America by a telegraph cable stretching across the great Atlantic Ocean. It took him thirteen years, a lot of money, and many men and ships and cable to make it happen. He wanted to bring the world together and make it a smaller place; to forge alliances and achieve peace. This is his story. (Introduction by Alex C. Telander)
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November 23, 2011 Subject:
Inspirational technology (believe it or not)
Today the world is crisscrossed by hundreds of undersea fiber optic cables, which through the internet link all the continents except Antarctica at the speed of light. This book is the story of Cyrus Field, the inspired man who against all odds forged their beginning. If at times the prose seems loaded with florid hyperbole, remember this is the history of the crowning achievement of 19th Century technology, which had as large a grip on the public's imagination then as did the first moon landing in 1969. It also is the story of a man's unimpeachable integrity and his undaunted determination to keep trying in the face of repeated disastrous failures. It is all the more remarkable that Cyrus W. Field wasn't a scientist or inventor, but a self-made New York business man of relatively modest means.
Good reading. However there is a minor quibble over the reader's unfortunate and unnecessary attempts at British-English and Irish accents.